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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arlemon Press (February 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615600425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615600420
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,255,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Kiser grew up in Southern Louisiana. He spent much of his youth lost in daydreams as he explored the untamed forests and swamps that sprawled for miles around. It wasn't all that unusual to find him slogging knee-deep through the swamps, half-expecting to encounter some terrible bog-monster that would undoubtedly devour him and leave his bones piled up in the corner of a muddy lair. It was a great place for a young man with an active imagination to grow up. He spent many years in the USAF where he was fortunate enough to see unimaginable wonders in far away places spanning from Asia to Europe. Many of his experiences live on in his writing, where culture and folklore breathe life into the world he has created. He now lives in Las Vegas with his wife. To learn more about FIFTHWIND and THE KREGGORIAN please visit: www.thekreggorian.com If you enjoyed this book, please remember to recommend it to friends and family. In today's world of digital on-demand publishing, it is harder than ever to garner the attention of readers and traditional publishers. Writers like myself are dependent upon the word-of-mouth promotion that readers like you can provide. Spread the word, write a review, or maybe even consider donating a copy to your local library. Every little effort helps. ---Thank You

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Ken Kiser grew up in Southern Louisiana. He spent much of his youth lost in daydreams as he explored the untamed forests and swamps that sprawled for miles around. It wasn't all that unusual to find him slogging knee-deep through the swamps, half-expecting to encounter some terrible bog-monster that would undoubtedly devour him and leave his bones piled up in the corner of a muddy lair. It was a great place for a young man with an active imagination to grow up.

He spent many years in the USAF where he was fortunate enough to see unimaginable wonders in far away places spanning from Asia to Europe. Many of his experiences live on in his writing, where culture and folklore breathe life into the world he has created. He now lives in Las Vegas with his wife.

To learn more about FIFTHWIND and THE KREGGORIAN please visit: www.thekreggorian.com

NOTE TO READERS: If you liked this book, the most important thing you can do for me is spread the word. Tell friends and family, talk about it on Facebook, Google+ or other social sites. It's you the reader who can help make all five books of The Kreggorian a reality! Thanks.

Customer Reviews

The story was so different, yet written very well.
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One of the writing aspects I enjoyed was the descriptions given of the many places, people, and items.
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Would highly recommend this book to fans of the genre!
Mandy Lou Dowson ~Author of Paranormal &Contemporary/Taboo Romance~

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pacheco on July 5, 2012
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It's totally obvious, when reading FIFTHWIND, that Ken Kiser is a classic epic fantasy fan. Take everything you like about epic fantasy: the world-building, the rich characters, the high-stakes plot, a deep protagonist, the epic feel of the setting--these are all present.

Yet, FIFTHWIND turns out to be original and fresh. We depart recent fantasy troupe trends with the main character, Ben.

Ben is a bad-ass. Ben is bad-ass with a slice of awesome toast served with magic butter and jelly made from the tears of lessor main fantasy characters. Normally, I find characters like this annoying, but not Ben. No, Ben is too busy trying to save everyone else and his own ass to grow his ego and arrogance. In the brief moment where there is a pause in the action and Ben becomes reflective, Ben is filled with doubt, but it's the proper doubt. Ben doesn't doubt who he is for a minute, but he doubts because he doesn't have all the information. And when he gets information that throws him for a loop, his character changes in subtle ways. Ben eventually learns what he doesn't know can kill him, and rather than focus on the obvious, he focuses on information gathering. And every piece of information Ben gathers that helps him figure out what is going on, it makes him a right-royal holy terror on the battlefield.

The plot, as I allude to, contains a large mystery and Ben chews away at it and, often, simply refuses to give up because he simply must know. When he becomes a student of a secret society, it's almost as if his mentor is simply on a crash course to connect the dots for Ben and not preach to the choir. And the scene where Ben learns that his simplistic view of the world is dead is quite telling. Ben is shown that he must harden up. People are going to die, and soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donnie on February 17, 2014
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As mentioned in my tagline and this is just my opinion only as other readers may find this type of story telling compelling. To me Fifthwind has great world building, trickle of revelations to keep the story line interesting, promising characters & flashes of great action. However, I find some of the reactions of the supporting characters & decisions made by the protagonist a little unrealistic. For example: Warning spoilers ahead > I find the protagonist decision to leave his friends so easily in the midst of battle to further his skills with an unknown stranger even though this stranger may be a good guy, just takes my out of the story. And his friends so easily accept his disappearance & return so smoothly. Again I find this a little jarring to the story line.

There are other bits that I would have preferred to go in a different direction or at least more interesting/original. Overall it is a good effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sparta on August 26, 2014
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The author does a fine job immersing you in his world seamlessly. I enjoyed the characters, which felt well developed. The plot held my interest and had a few hidden twists that made me smile. In the end the story is a classical Greek tragedy with a sad ending. I give a lot of license when reading a fantasy but after finishing the book I think back on elements that “bugged” me; in this tale a few items didn’t make sense to me and I felt they diminished the story. Yet, with a four star rating those items you can see they only annoyed me at little bit. To avoid spoilers that is all I am going to say. This is a complete story with no cliffhanger.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2012
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After having read a good number of cheap indie kindle books, this one stands out as one of the dozen or so well written kernels of moderately tasty goodness among so very much chaff.
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By Laura on November 3, 2014
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Fifthwind is a fantasy tale about an ex-Kreggorian soldier named Ben and his companion, Mason, as they discover that the tiny town of Kishell Springs is more than it seems... and that the world as they know it is about to change.

The world and the magic of the Fifthwind is quite creative. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Mindsight and the other talents that Ben learns, and I really did feel the chill of winter while I was reading, and Ben’s dedication to saving Kishell Springs and his friends is admirable.

Something felt missing. I never quite felt connected to Ben as an MC or cared about his attachment to Kyla. That being said, the relationship between Ben and Mason was well-done. Certain aspects of the plot seemed a bit out of place, but for the most part the story was compelling. The manuscript could also have been cleaner in terms of punctuation (a pet peeve of mine), but I don’t think most people would notice it.

I’m not usually a fan of darker fantasy stories that contain monsters and a lot of battle scenes, but toward the middle/end of the story, I found it difficult to put down. If you like this sub-genre of fantasy, I think you’d enjoy this novel. 3.5 stars
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There was a time in my younger days when I would have devoured this book and begged for more. The easy, fast-paced writing style, the brave young hero with uncanny powers, the impending threat of overwhelming evil foes... those all would have been just what I was looking for in my earlier days of reading fantasy books. And I'm sure that many, many readers will love this book now.

For myself, however, nowadays I'm looking for more than an adventurous thrill ride. I crave deeper, more complex character development and a more nuanced approach to plot and theme. I want to have my expectations challenged and turned upside down in ways that move--and perhaps even trouble--me. This book, while exciting and fun, didn't get me there.

This is not to say it was poorly written or that other readers won't enjoy it. I did like the main character's camaraderie with his friend Mason, and I thought that some of the portrayals of the strange apparitions that Ben starts seeing in the very first chapter were nicely scary, but overall, I didn't end up feeling a lot of attachment to the protagonist, which lessened the story's impact for me.
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